Update: June 18, 2008: Added links to additional commentary about the merger at the bottom of this post.
Update 2, June 18, 2008: What is Certe? Clarified language and made reference to comments of this post for more discussion.
Last Thursday, after DAC had pretty much come to a close, my colleagues and I headed over to the California Adventure theme park for a bit of fun. One of the highlights was the Tower of Terror, based on the old TV series, The Twilight Zone. "The Twilight Zone" always opened with the following intro from Rod Serling:
"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into...The Twilight Zone."
I felt like I'd entered into "The Twilight Zone" this morning when I opened my email to see mail from current and former colleagues sharing the announcement that Cadence has offered to purchase Mentor Graphics for $16 per share. The impact such a purchase could have on the EDA industry are enormous and span many technical and business areas. As it turns out, I'm only really qualified to comment on one - verification, so the rest of this post will be focused on that topic. How would a merger affect the lives of those of us who do hardware verification for a living?